More refereeing controversies in the Premier League

Anyone who thought the introduction of VAR and goal-line technology would bring an end to debates about refereeing decisions would have had those illusions shattered a long time ago.
But yet again the standard of officiating in the Premier League has been called into question after another weekend where incidents of almost equal merit were treated entirely differently.
It began with the first match on Saturday with Arsenal’s visit to Leicester City. The Gunners were leading 2-0 midway through the second half when the ball was played forward to their captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with his back to goal. He turned his defender Jonny Evans, who pulled him back to prevent him breaking through. 
By the letter of the law, he, the last man, should have been sent off for a professional foul, but he only received a yellow card and stayed on the pitch. 
Less than a couple of hours later, a near-similar incident occurred in the match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace. With the visitors having taken a shock early lead, just before half-time, Wilfried Zaha looked to get away from City defender Aymeric Laporte who hauled him down.
On this occasion, he was shown a straight red for being the last man.
And then on Sunday, Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa was also shown a straight red card after a lengthy VAR review for bringing down a West Ham player. Villa were incensed by that decision. Their anger increased when Pablo Fornals scored for the visitors, having been involved in an off-the-ball incident that could have seen him receive his own marching orders, but was missed by the officials.
The key phrase applied to all these incidents is consistency, or the lack of it. Nobody pretends that refereeing a top flight match is easy, but the elite officials are well-paid now, and gone are the days when it was just something they did in their spare time. And they have more technology at their disposal than ever before. 
To be credible, they have to treat all incidents the same. They otherwise undermine the concept that they deserve to be treated as professionals just like the players they are officiating.
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